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RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY has announced winners of its Summer Reading Clubs. More than 31,000 readers signed up. Grand prize winners were Joyce Lee Shealy and Seirra Hamilton, who were awarded MP4 players from Geiger O'Cain Advertising. Adult winners received a Books-A-Million gift certificate and a Friends of RCPL book bag. Teen winners received Barnes and Noble gift certificates.

Read and Relax (adults): Helen Amick, Andrea Douglas, Ashanti Friels, Rhonda Garrett, David Johnson, Carla Moore, Ruby Paul, Francis Scanlon, Cheryl Simpson, Audrey Styles, Ellen Moore Williams

Get Real, Get Reading (Get Stuff) (teens): Arnea Bishop, Kim Boswell, Rachel Carroll, Rackell Alisha Dominick, Patricia Flores, Joshua Keenon, Stefanie Martin, Evan Alexander Pinson, Rosetta Sims, Santanna Watson, Jackie Wyant


AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRMAN 1st CLASS PATRICK COOLEY has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Anne M. Shepherd of Irmo, Cooley is a 2007 graduate of Dutch Fork High School.

ARMY SGT. TYRA L. BRYANT has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Sheran James of Blythewood, she is a 2004 graduate of Richland Northeast High School and received a bachelor's degree in 2008 from USC Upstate.

ARMY PVT. ASHLEY V. McINTOSH has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. She is the daughter of Debra McIntosh of Columbia.

ARMY PVT. WINDELL T. POUGH has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The nephew of April Smallwood of Columbia, he is a 2007 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

NAVY SEAMAN ANASTASIA D. REUWER has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The daughter of David P. Reuwer of Camden, she is a 2004 graduate of Camden High School.

ARMY PVT. EDMUND M. BERNAT IV has completed One Station Unit Training at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning. Columbus, Ga. The training consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training. He is a 2009 graduate of the Army Preparatory School at Fort Jackson.

NAVY SEAMAN GARRETT W. ASKINS has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The son of Katherine E. Askins and Monte W. Askins, both of Lexington, he is a 2009 graduate of White Knoll High School.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. RICHARD A. COLLACHI has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. Collachi is the son of Susan Campbell of Pelion and John Collachi of Gaston.

AIRMAN TANTANIKA T. HOLLERMAN has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Yamaka Hollerman of Cayce, she is a 2007 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School.

ARMY RESERVE PVT. JACOBY T. MARSHALL has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Rhonda Simpkins of Batesburg-Leesville, Marshall is a 2005 graduate of Batesburg-Leesville High School.


TIFFANY COCHRAN, a student at White Knoll High School, spent the summer modeling in Tokyo. Signed to a 60-day modeling contract by World Top Inc. after, she walked in two bridal shows for La Voie Lactee; participated in photo shoots for Element and will be featured in its fall catalog; and will be in commercials for Nissan and a Japanese hair salon. She is graduate of Barbizon of Charlotte.



BORN SEPT. 8, 2009

A girl to Melissa R. and

Edward S. Parks IV

A boy to Symira M. Brown and

Tony L. Wadlington

BORN SEPT. 9, 2009

A girl to Kathryn C. and

Reginald E. Robinson

A boy to Kathleen Holley

Triplets, a girl and two boys, to Linda H.

and J. Eric Norris

BORN SEPT. 10, 2009

A boy to Madino Mahamed and

Ibrahim Ali

A girl to Candice D. and Michael J. Lucas

A boy to Shatina Mabry and

David Johnson Jr.

BORN SEPT. 11, 2009

A girl to Joycelyn Richardson and

Lorenzo Neal

Twin boys to Kathy Davis and

Joseph Taylor

A girl to Sade Jones and

Donald Benson Jr.

A boy to Adrienne M. and

Theodies Mitchell III

BORN SEPT. 13, 2009

A girl to Jonnika Parraway



THE HUMANE SOCIETY needs volunteers for its Pet Soup project, distributing nearly 6,000 pounds of free pet food 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays at Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road. Help is needed in the voucher application area (first contact with pet owners) and in distribution (volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time, work in outdoor conditions and lift a minimum of 60 pounds). Kelly Graham, (803) 783-1267 or e-mail

HOME WORKS OF AMERICA is sponsoring a one-day home repair blitz on Saturday, Oct. 24. Planning meetings for volunteers will be 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 and 8, at Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. (803) 781-4536

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding USC home football games. Volunteers are needed for Oct. 3, 10 and Nov. 28; T-shirts identifying them as part of the recycling team will be provided, and volunteers will be finished before kickoff. Heidi Johnson, (803) 733-2526

RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to for training information.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. For more information, call (803) 540-1200 or go to

LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to for an application.

ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail


COTTON BRANCH FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY is accepting donations for a garage sale scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 10, at Parkland Plaza, Cayce. Donations will be accepted 4-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the sale site (near Bi-Lo). The organization was founded in 2004 to provide refuge for abused and neglected farm animals. (803) 736-2176;

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE at 1312 N. Millwood Ave. needs clothing donations to restock its shelves and racks. Call (803) 748-9964 for pickup.

THE PET SOUP PROJECT of the Humane Society distributes pet food to needy pet owners. Donations may be dropped off at 121 Humane Lane (off Shop Road). Items needed include a pull-along trailer, one-gallon ziplock freezer bags, large garbage bags, plastic grocery bags, pet food scoops, pens, markers, copy paper, paper towels, bottled water, battery-powered hand vacuum, canopy tents, gas cards and monetary donations. (803) 783-1267;

CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME is seeking donations to its 2009 Back to School Fund. The fund is used to purchase school supplies, clothing and shoes and helps with school activity fees and extracurricular activities for the home's more than 50 residents. Donations of school supplies are also welcome. (803) 787-2306 or go to

GOODWILL is accepting donations at the site of the Goodwill retail store under construction at 118 Knoll Station Road, Lexington (across from Wal-Mart). Donations will be used to stock and support the store that is scheduled to open in October.